Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fifth Sunday after Easter 25th May 2014

Fifth Sunday After Easter
25 May 2014

“Amen, amen, I say to you if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you.” Jn. 16:23
Today’s liturgy again, as in the past Sundays after Easter, prepares us for Jesus’ Ascension, when He will leave His Apostles, and for Pentecost, when He will send them the Holy Spirit who will enlighten and strengthen them. Jesus also wants to console them for His absence by promising them that they can ask the Father anything “in His Name” and they will receive it: “Amen, amen, I say to you if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you.” Jn. 16:23 This is truly a consoling promise to the Apostles who were so forlorn with Jesus’ words of departure. They no longer have to fear being alone as He will always be there for them with the Father. Jesus’ promise of asking the Father for help in His Name in today’s Gospel (Jn. 16:23-30) and the teaching of today’s Epistle from St. James (1:22-27) provides us with a solid teaching on efficacious prayer. If we pray, as Jesus taught His Apostles, then we have absolute confidence that we will be heard. All we need to do is to pray “in the Name of Jesus” with a good conscience, with humility and with confidence.

Ask “in the Name of Jesus”

When we pray “in the Name of Jesus,” our prayers and our good works obtain a superabundant value as they are founded on the infinite merits of Jesus Christ. We must remember that we are unprofitable servants (cf. Lk. 17:10) who can do nothing (cf. Jn. 15:5) of ourselves and that our sufficiency comes from Jesus Crucified. “Consequently,” according to Fr. Gabriel in Divine Intimacy, “the first condition of prayer made ‘in the name of Jesus’ is humility, an ever deeper and more realistic sense of our nothingness. It must be complemented by the second condition, a boundless confidence in the merits of Jesus, which surpass all our poverty, misery, necessities and needs. In view of Jesus’ infinite merits, we can never ask too much in His Name: we can never be too bold in imploring the plenitude of divine grace for our souls, in aspiring to that sanctity which is hidden, but genuine. ...Moreover, there is no creature of good will, no matter how weak and insignificant, who, ‘in the Name of Jesus,’ cannot aspire to sanctity.” Fr. Gabriel, p. 524

“Be ye doers of the word
and not hearers only.” Ja. 1:22

“However, in order to make our prayer effective, a third condition is required: our life must correspond to our prayer, our faith must be translated into good works. ‘Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if a man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass. For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.’ Ja. 1:22 This strong exhortation of St. James, which is found in today’s Epistle is an urgent reminder of the practical character of the Christian life. Vain is our prayer, vain our confidence in God, if we do not add our generous efforts to perform all our duties, to live up to our high vocation. We can add, and we should, hope for everything in the ‘Name of Jesus,’ but He expects a constant effort on our part to be entirely faithful to Him.” Fr. Gabriel, p. 524-5.

“...through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Cornelius a Lapide in his Commentary on the Gospel of St. John, also reminds us why it is so important to pray genuinely “in the Name of Jesus”: “...To ask in the name of Christ is to ask through Christ, or through Christ’s merits, dignity, and authority. For Christ, by His passion and death, merited that we should obtain from God whatever we ask in His name. Therefore this obtaining, with respect to us, is grace, and with respect to Christ is but justice. ‘His name’ signifies in Scripture His strength, virtue, merits, grace, dignity and authority. Therefore to ask in the name of Christ, is to ask while counting on His merits, and to trust in them, not in our own; that God may look, not on our unworthiness and our sins, but upon the face of His anointed, and on account of His sanctity and merits grant us that which we do not deserve. Christ therefore points here not merely to God, but to God incarnate, and obedient even unto the death of the cross. For He merited, that the Father should hear our prayers. This is the Church’s interpretation, for she ends all her prayers ‘through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Thus the Jews used to pray through the merits of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we Christians pray through the merits of Christ, who infinitely surpasses their merits.” a Lapide, p . 660.

For the good of our salvation
Since Jesus promised us that the Father would answer all our prayers, if we pray in His Name, we might ask why then are our prayers not answered as we wish? Cornelius a Lapide answers this observation: “Again, to ask in the name of Christ, is to ask those things which He wishes and desires to be given us, those namely which concern the salvation of the soul. Hence such a prayer is effectual, and is heard by God....The reason they obtain not, is because they ask not the things which they ought, not in the way they ought....It requires contrition for sin, so that he who prays may be, or may heartily wish to become, a friend of God. Sinners therefore, wilfully persisting in sin, are not heard by God.... It requires great faith and hope, or confidence, that we shall obtain what we ask for through the merits of Christ. This confidence many have not, and therefore they obtain not... Lastly, St. Augustine rightly observes, ‘God occasionally refuses what we ask for, because this is more expedient for our salvation and His glory. God therefore hears us, not according to our wishes, but according to our salvation.’” a Lapide, p. 660-1

The Need for Prayer

Our Holy Father, Bl. John Paul II, spoke of the absolute need for prayer in our lives: “… we must pray too because we are fragile and culpable. We need to admit humbly and truly that we are poor creatures, with confused ideas…We are fragile and weak, and in constant need of interior strength and consolation. Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give into temptation and weakness. Prayer gives light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up praying! Don’t let a day go by without praying a little! Prayer is a duty, but it is also a joy because it is a dialogue with God through Jesus Christ.” (St. John Paul II, Audience with Young People, 14 March 1979)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

“Could you not, then, watch one hour with Me?” Mt. 26:40


From “HOLY FATHER'S PASTORAL LETTER TO THE CATHOLICS OF IRELAND” (3 March 2010) “.... Particular attention should also be given to Eucharistic adoration, and in every diocese there should be churches or chapels specifically devoted to this purpose. I ask parishes, seminaries, religious houses and monasteries to organise periods of Eucharistic adoration, so that all have an opportunity to take part. Through intense prayer before the real presence of the Lord, you can make reparation for the sins of abuse that have done so much harm, at the same time imploring the grace of renewed strength and a deeper sense of mission on the part of all bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful.” (No. 14) We are now in our forty-eighth week of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from after Mass until Benediction at 3:10 P. M. every day.

May is the Month of Mary:

Our beloved Holy Father St.. John Paul II spoke of the importance devotion to Our Lady and the Family Rosary: “The Christian family finds and consolidates its identity in prayer. Make the daily effort to find a time to pray together, to talk with Our Lord and listen to his voice. How beautiful it is when the family prays in the evening, even though it be only a part of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together; a family that prays is a family that is saved. Act in such a way that your home may be a place of Christian faith and virtue through your praying together.” (Address to families, 24 March 1984)

May Crowning and Consecration

Today, 25 May 2014, we will have a May Crowning of Our Lady and a Consecration to the Immaculate (according to St. Maximilian Kolbe) at our Lourdes Grotto after Mass. This is a most important devotion as it honours Our Holy Mother during her special Month of May, and it binds us to her as her special “possession and property.” St. Maximilian Kolbe spoke of all those who are consecrated to the Immaculate “She penetrates our soul and directs its faculties with unlimited power. We truly belong to Her. Therefore, we are with Her always and everywhere...”(SK 461)
And further still: “We are Hers, of the Immaculate, unlimitedly Hers, perfectly Hers, we are, as it were, Her very self. She, by means of us, loves the good God. She, with our poor heart, loves Her divine Son. We become the means by which the Immaculate loves Jesus, and Jesus, seeing that we are Her property, a part, as it were, of His most loving Mother, loves Her in and through us. What beautiful mysteries!” Sk 508
St. Maximilian declared that those who are consecrated to the Immaculate would be a means of holiness and grace to others (especially their own family): “She needs to be brought into all hearts,’ so that She, upon entering into these hearts, may give birth there to the sweet Jesus, to God, and bring Him up even to that perfect age. What a beautiful mission!” SK508

St. Louis de Montfort tells us of Total Consecration to Mary: “This devotion consists, therefore, in giving ourselves entirely to the Most Blessed Virgin that, through her we may belong entirely to Jesus Christ. We must give her: (1) our body with all its senses and members; (2) our soul with its powers; (3) our material possessions and all that we may acquire; (4) our interior and spiritual possessions—our merits, our virtues and our good works, past, present, and future; in short, all that we possess in the order of nature, in the order of grace …” St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, p. 88-9


Sunday, May 18, 2014

and a Letter from a Father...


My Child......

You may not know me,

but I know everything about you… Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up… Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways … Psalm 139:3       Even the very hairs on your head are numbered… Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image… Genesis 1:27       In me you live and move and have your being… Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring… Acts 17:28       I knew you even before you were conceived... Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation… Ephesians 1:11-12       You were not a mistake… Psalm 139:15-16

For all your days are written in my book… Psalm 139:15-16       I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live… Acts 17:26       You are fearfully and wonderfully made… Psalm 139:14       I knit you together in your mother's womb… Psalm 139:13       And brought you forth on the day you were born… Psalm 71:6       I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me… John 8:41-44       I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love… 1 John 4:16       And it is my desire to lavish my love on you... 1 John 3:11       Simply because you are my child and I am your Father… John 3:1       I offer you more than your earthly father ever could… Matthew 7:11              For I am the perfect Father… Matthew 5:48       Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand... James 1:17       For I am your provider and I meet all your needs… Matthew 6:31-33       My plan for your future has always been filled with hope… Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love… Jeremiah 31:3       My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore… Psalm 139:17-18       And I rejoice over you with singing… Zephaniah 3:17       I will never stop doing good to you… Jeremiah 32:40       For you are my treasured possession… Exodus 19:5       I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul… Jeremiah 32:41       And I want to show you great and marvelous things… Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me… Deuteronomy 4:29       Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart… Psalm 37:4       For it is I who gave you those desires… Philippians 2:13       I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine… Ephesians 3:20       For I am your greatest encourager.… 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2 Corinthians 1:3-4       When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you… Psalm 34:18       As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart… Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes… Revelation 21:3-4       And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth… Revelation 21:4       I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus… John 17:23

For in Jesus my love for you is revealed … John 17:26       He is the exact representation of my being… Hebrews 1:3

And He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you.… Romans 8:31       And to tell you that I am not counting your sins… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19       Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you… 1 John 4:10       I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love… Romans 8:32      If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me… 1 John 2:23       And nothing will ever separate you from my love again… Romans 8:38-39       Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen… Luke 15:7       I have always been Father and will always be Father… Ephesians 3:14-15       My question is... Will you be my child?… John 1:12-13       I am waiting for you… Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad


Almighty God


Used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999  www.FathersLoveLetter.com

 

4th Sunday after Easter 18th May 2014


Fourth Sunday After Easter

18 May 2014

 

For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you,  but if I go, I will send him to you.”  Jn. 16:7

 

          During this Eastertide, the Church prepares us for the coming of the Holy Spirit. In his book,  , Divine Intimacy, Fr. Gabriel, OCD.  tells us: “Only Jesus’ death could merit this great gift for us, and it was not until after His Ascension into heaven that the Holy Spirit, the Envoy of the Father and  the Son, could descend upon the Church.” ( p. 503)   The Apostles were about to lose the physical presence of their beloved Master, but Jesus would not leave them orphans; He would send them His Spirit who would teach them all things: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you.” Jn. 14:26  Jesus, by His passion  and death, had  conquered sin and death and merited for the Apostles and His Church the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Gabriel tells us: “The sending of the Holy Spirit to our souls is the principal fruit of the Passion of Jesus.”  Gabriel, Ibid.  p. 504   In today’s Epistle (Jas. 1:17-21), St. James tells us that   the best way to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit is to avoid sin: “Therefore, casting aside all uncleanness  and abundance of malice, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” Ja. 1:21 Whoever has the truth and the light of Christ rejects sin; such is the first lesson of the Holy Spirit.

 

“And when he has come, he will convict the world of sin, and of justice and of judgment: of sin....because they do not believe in me.”Jn. 16:8-9

Msgr. Patrick Boylan in his book, “The Sunday Gospels and Epistles,” tells us that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin:  Our Lord had challenged His enemies to convict Him of sin—but the world will itself be convicted of sin by the Spirit-aided  preaching of the Apostles. The sin which the world will be shown to have specially committed is the sin of unbelief. The preaching of the Apostles, aided and confirmed by the Holy Spirit, will bring home  to the adversaries of Christ the sin they have committed in rejecting Him.”

 

“Convicted.... of justice, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.” Jn. 16:10

            “The Paraclete (Advocate, Holy Spirit) will also convict the world of its folly in regard to justice. It had looked on Jesus as a profaner of the Sabbath and blasphemer: but the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ will be used by the Spirit  to prove that Christ is indeed the Just One, and the Chosen One of God.  The charisms of the Spirit and the growth of Christ’s Church will help to show its divine character and thus completely to vindicate its Founder.  Thus even though the disciples  must give up the joy of having Jesus visibly with them, their deprivations  will ultimately help to establish the greatness and holiness of their Master.

 

Convicted... of judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged.”  Jn. 16:11

            “In the third place the Paraclete will show the world to be wrong in regard to ‘judgment.’ The enemies of Jesus had believed  that, with the death of Jesus, their case against Him had been finally established. The Paraclete will show that it is they who have been  condemned, with their leader, the Devil, ‘the Prince of this world.’ (cf. Jn. 12:31)

           

Good triumphs over evil”

“The Paraclete will prove, therefore, that the ‘world’ is sinful, that justice (righteousness) is on the side of Christ, and that condemnation of the powers of evil has definitely begun. To the ‘world,’ then,  belongs sin: to Jesus belongs justice and (the) verdict of victory.  Thus, in a word, it will appear after the coming of the Spirit that good triumphs over evil, that holiness ultimately judges sin, and Christ condemns and overthrows Satan.” (cv. Lk. 10:18, 11:22)  Boylan, Ibid. p. 50

 

Apostles enlightened by the Holy Spirit

As Jesus had said, “...he will teach you all things” (Jn. 14:26). The Holy Spirit will enlighten and strengthen the Apostles to understand all that Jesus has spoken to them.  “The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth: He brings truth home to the minds of men. He will guide the Apostles into the full truth: He will lead them gradually but steadily towards the full comprehension of Christ, Who is Truth itself.

“The ‘full truth’ is not fullness of knowledge of nature or history, but Christ---‘the Way and the Truth’ Jn. 14:6.  The Spirit is the guide who points the way to the Truth. (cf. Ps. 25:5 & 57:7) To the Spirit is here assigned the work which in the Psalter (Psalms), belongs to the Spirit of Yahweh.   ...The Spirit will announce what is to come. He will make known through the Apostles the new economy which will begin at Pentecost.

 

The Holy Spirit ‘convicts’ the world today.

“As the Jews rejected Christ in the Apostolic Age, so others reject Him in our day, and as the Jews foolishly believed that they had overthrown Christ and destroyed His work, so there are groups of men—even large sections of nations—today who aim at destroying Christ’s work, and representing it as useless, if not noxious, for humanity. In spite of all these new enemies of Christ, the life of the Church goes on, and is deepened and widened, and its capacity to adapt itself to every need of the time becomes every day more obvious.  Now, therefore, as in the Apostolic days, the Holy Spirit is showing up –‘convicting’—the world in regard to justice. ...The daily sacramental life, and the never-ceasing spiritual growth of the Church, are the Holy Spirit’s answer to false teaching and persecution—whereby He ‘convicts’ the world of ‘judgment.’” Boylan, Ibid., p. 52-3

 

 

May is the Month of Mary:

Our beloved Holy Father Pope St. John Paul II showed how the Holy Spirit is active in our families if we pray together: “The Christian family finds and consolidates its identity in prayer.  Make the daily effort to find a time to pray together, to talk with Our Lord and listen to his voice. How beautiful it is when the family prays in the evening, even though it be only a part of the Rosary.  ‘The family that prays together stays together’; a family that prays is a family that is saved.  Act in such a way that your home may be a place of Christian faith and virtue through your praying together.” (Address to families, 24 March 1984) 

 

May Crowning and Consecration

 

On Sunday 25 May 2014, we will have a May Crowning of Our Lady and a Consecration to the Immaculate (according to St. Maximilian Kolbe) at our Lourdes Grotto after Mass.  This is a most important devotion as it honours Our Holy Mother during her special Month of May, and it binds us to her as her special “possession and property.”  St. Maximilian Kolbe spoke of all those who are consecrated to the Immaculate “She penetrates our soul and directs its faculties with unlimited power. We truly belong to Her. Therefore, we are with Her always and everywhere...”(SK 461)

And further still: “We are Hers, of the Immaculate, unlimitedly Hers, perfectly Hers, we are, as it were, Her very self. She, by means of us, loves the good God. She, with our poor  heart, loves Her divine Son.  We become the means by which the Immaculate loves Jesus, and Jesus, seeing that we are Her property, a part, as it were, of His most loving Mother, loves Her in and through us. What beautiful mysteries!”  Sk 508  

 St. Maximilian declared that those who are consecrated to the Immaculate would be a means of holiness and grace to others (especially their own family): “She needs to be brought into all hearts,’ so that She, upon entering into these hearts, may give birth there to the sweet Jesus, to God, and bring Him up even to that perfect age. What a beautiful mission!”  SK508

 

St. Louis de Montfort tells us of Total Consecration to Mary: “This devotion consists, therefore, in giving ourselves entirely to the Most Blessed Virgin that, through her we may belong entirely to Jesus Christ. We must give her: (1) our body with all its senses and members; (2) our soul with its powers; (3) our material possessions and all that we may acquire; (4) our interior and spiritual possessions—our merits, our virtues and our good works, past, present, and future; in short, all that we possess in the order of nature, in the order of grace …” St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, p. 88-9

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Second Sunday after Easter 4th May 2014

Second Sunday After Easter
4 May 2014

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”
Jn. 10:11
Today’s meditation is taken from Fr. Gabriel of St. Magdalene, OCD’s book, Divine Intimacy (#154): “The liturgy today sums up in the gentle figure of the Good Shepherd all that Jesus has done for our souls. The shepherd is everything to his flock; their life, their sustenance, and their care is entirely in his hands, and if the shepherd is good, they will have nothing to fear under his protection, and they will want for nothing. Jesus is pre-eminently the Good Shepherd: He not only loves, feeds, and guards His sheep, but He also gives them life at the cost of His own. In the mystery of the Incarnation, the Son of God comes to earth in search of men who, like stray sheep, have wandered away from the sheepfold and have become lost in the dark valley of sin. He comes as a most loving Shepherd who, in order to take better care of His flock, is not afraid to share their lot. Today’s Epistle ( I Pt. 2:21-25) shows Him to us as He takes our sins upon Himself that He may heal us by His Passion: ‘Who His own self bore our sins in His Body upon the tree that we, being dead to sin, should live to justice; by whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray; but you are now converted to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.’ I Pt. 2:24-5 In today’s Gospel (Jn. 10:11-16), Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd, and I give my life for my sheep.’ (cf. Jn. 10:11) In the Office for Paschal-time, the Church chants many times: ‘The Good Shepherd is risen, He who gave His life for His sheep and who died for His flock.’ What could be a better synthesis of the whole work of the Redemption? It seems still more wonderful when we hear Jesus declare: ‘I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.’ Jn. 10:10 In truth, He could well repeat to each one of us: ‘What more could I have done for you that I have not done?’ (cf. Is. 5:4) Oh, would that our generosity in giving ourselves to Him had no limits, after the pattern of His own liberality in giving Himself to us! Fr. Gabriel, Divine Intimacy, p.462

‘I know Mine, and Mine know Me,” Jn. 10:14
Again, Jesus said: “ I am the good shepherd I know Mine, and Mine know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father.’ Jn. 10: 14-15) Although there is no question here of equality, but merely that of a simple comparison, it is nevertheless very consoling and glorious for us to see how Jesus likes to compare His relations with us to those He has with His Father. At the Last Supper also, He said: ‘As the Father hath loved Me, I also have loved you,’ Jn, 15:9 and again: ‘...as Thou Father, in Me, and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us.’ Jn. 17:21 This shows that between us, the sheep, and Jesus, our Shepherd, there is not only a relation of acquaintance, but also one of love, and better still, of communion of life, similar to that which exists between the Son and the Father. It is by means of the grace, faith, and charity, which the Good Shepherd acquires for us by His death, that we arrive at such intimacy with our God—so deep that it makes us share in His own divine life.” Fr. Gabriel, p. 462.

“Loving Knowledge”
“A close relationship of loving knowledge is here established between the Good Shepherd and His sheep—one so intimate that the Shepherd knows His sheep one by one and can call them by name; and they recognize His voice and follow Him with docility. Each soul can say: Jesus knows me and loves me, not in a general abstract way but in the concrete aspect of my needs, of my desires, and of my life; for Him to know me and to love me is to do me good, to encompass me more and more with His grace, and to sanctify me. Precisely because He loves me, Jesus calls me by name: He calls me when in prayer He opens to me new horizons of the spiritual life, or when He enables me to know my faults and weaknesses better; He calls me when He reprimands me or purifies me by aridity, as well as when He consoles and encourages me by filling me with new fervour; He calls me when He makes me feel the need of greater generosity, and when He asks me for sacrifices or gives me joys, and still more, when He awakens in me a deeper love for Him. Hearing His call, my attitude should be that of a loving little sheep who recognizes the voice of its Shepherd and follows Him always.” Fr. Gabriel, p. 462-3

Colloquy: Loving Affections
“O good Lord Jesus Christ, my sweet Shepherd, what return shall I make to You for all that You have given me? What shall I give You in exchange for Your gift of Yourself to me? Even if I could give myself to You a thousand times, it would still be nothing, since I am nothing in comparison with You. You, so great, have loved me so much and so gratuitously, I who am so small, so wicked and ungrateful. I know, O Lord, that Your love tends toward the immense, the infinite, because You are immense and infinite..Please tell me, O Lord, how I ought to love You.”
“My Love, Oh Lord, is not gratuitous, it is owed to you... Although I cannot love You as much as I should, You accept my weak love. I can love You more when You condescend to increase my virtue, but I can never give You what You deserve. Give me then, Your most ardent love by which, with your grace, I shall love You, please You, serve You, and fulfil Your commands. May I never be separated from You, either in time or in eternity, but abide, united to You in love, forever and ever.” (Ven. R. Jourdain) Fr. Gabriel, p. 464-5

“The Lord is my Shepherd...”
“‘O Lord, You are my Shepherd, I shall not want; You make me lie down in green pastures, You lead me to the water of refreshment, You convert my soul and lead me on the paths of justice. Even though I walk in the ravines, in the dark valleys, I shall fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff are my comfort. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over....’(cf. Ps. 22) “O Lord, my Good Shepherd, what more could You have done for me that You have not done? What could You have given to me that You have not given? You willed to be my food and drink. What more delightful and salutary, nourishing and strengthening pasture could You have found than you own Body and Blood?” Fr. Gabriel, p. 463

The Good Shepherd Continues in His Church

Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book, The Liturgical Year Vol. 7 tells us how the work of the Good Shepherd is continued in the Catholic Church: “The Word, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is come down from heaven, that he may ‘gather together in one the children of God that were dispersed’ Jn. 11:52), and the time is at hand when there ‘shall be but one fold and one shepherd.’ Jn. 10:16. O Jesus! Our divine Shepherd! We bless thee, we give thee thanks. It is by thee that the Church thou are now founding subsists and lives through every age, congregating and saving all that put themselves under her guidance. Her authority, her strength, her unity, all come from thee, her infinitely powerful and merciful shepherd! We likewise bless and thank thee that thou hast secured this authority, this strength, this unity by giving us Peter as thy Vicar, Peter our shepherd in and by thee. Peter to whom all, both sheep and lambs, owe obedience, Peter in whom thou, our divine Head wilt be for ever visible, even to the end of the world!” Gueranger p. 134 How blessed we are to have the work of the Good Shepherd continue in the Catholic Church today where Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of St. Peter, the Vicar of Christ, governs and sanctifies all members of the Holy Catholic Church.

Saturday, 3 May 2014: 10 AM to 5 PM

A Day With Mary

Here at the Lanherne Convent of
St. Joseph and St. Anne

!0: 00 AM Procession of Our Lady
Holy Mass (Latin Extraordinary Form)
Joyful Mysteries

12:15 PM Lunch Break

1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Exposition
Sermon on Our Lady: Fr. John Lawrence, FI
Sorrowful Mysteries

3:10 PM Tea Break

3:50 PM Glorious Mysteries, Via Lucis,
Sermon: Fr. George Roth, FI.
Act of Consecration, Benediction and Enrolment in the Scapular and Miraculous Medal

The First Saturday of the Month
3 May 2014
Our Lady told Sr. Lucia in 1925 “…I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me." If only we would do what Our Lady asks, we would be assured of eternal salvation. Our Lady promises us all the graces necessary for our salvation if we keep The Five First Saturdays! Just think that when you are about to die that the Blessed Virgin Mary will be there with you to help you get to heaven! “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen” How many times have you said these words in your lifetime?






How to attend Holy Mass

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to hear Mass, as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words, and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.”
His Holiness, Pope St. Pius X



Divine Mercy Sunday (Low Sunday) 27 April 2014

Divine Mercy Sunday, 27 April 2014

“Because thou has seen me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed. Jn. 20: 29

These words of the Gospel (Jn. 20: 19-31) are very appropriate for today’s feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus commended those who have not seen and yet believe (cf. Jn. 20:29) We have to trust in the words of Jesus both in the gospel and also His words to St. Faustina. Jesus continually spoke of mercy during His earthly life. He went so far, as we see in today’s Gospel, to ordain His apostles and their successors in the priesthood to forgive sins; “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Jn. 20:22-23. The sacrament of Reconciliation is necessary to our salvation, yet there are many who do not believe. St. John in today’s Epistle (I Jn. 5:4-10) tells us how necessary it is for us to believe in Jesus Christ if we wish to save our souls: “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (I Jn. 5: 5) Only with Jesus Christ can we overcome the evils in the world. This is why Jesus came with the message of “Divine Mercy” to St. Faustina in Poland just before World War II. “Divine Mercy” is a most important message for our dark times. It is now more important than ever as the time of mercy may soon end, and we will enter on the time of judgment with Jesus’s Second Coming; The Mother of God told St. Faustina: “Oh how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspiration of His grace! I gave the Saviour to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Saviour, but as a just judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it...” (Diary of Divine Mercy # 635 DDM)

Rich in Mercy
Our Holy Father St. John Paul II has given us this feast of Divine Mercy and has written much about the need to go to the fount of mercy by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: “At no time… especially at a moment as critical as our own can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God…The Church has the right and duty to appeal to the God of Mercy with ‘loud cries’. (Rich in Mercy, #15) Our Blessed Lord told St. Faustina that He cannot refuse a soul who begs for mercy. Jesus tells us to “Beg for mercy for the whole world.” (DDM #570) “No soul that has called upon My mercy has ever been disappointed.” (DDM #1541) “…Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight me. To such souls, I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion. But on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.” (DDM #1146)

Channels of Grace
Souls who come to Jesus with trust receive such an abundance of graces that they radiate them to others. Jesus told St. Faustina: “When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to others.” (DDM #1074) How is this done? “You are to show mercy to your neighbour always and everywhere...(DDM #742)

Mystery of Divine Grace
Sanctifying grace is one of the most important doctrines of our faith. To be ignorant of divine grace is to be ignorant of the Catholic faith. At the Last Supper, Jesus told us, “I am the vine you are the branches; he that abideth in me beareth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5 We can only grow in holiness and bear much fruit with the grace of God. We received this sanctifying grace at our baptism when we were made children of God, heirs of heaven and sharers in God’s divine nature. We were Annual Roadside Pro-Life Chain
Please join us for this silent vigil for the upholding of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death on Saturday 26th April at Morlaix Avenue, Truro (between Tesco and Trafalgar roundabout), from 11 am to 1 pm, even if you can only manage ¼ hr. The more people the greater the witness. From: Fr. Jon Bielawski, Dean of the Cornwall Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Mary Immaculate Church in Falmouth
also called to be spouses of Christ which is our eternal destiny in heaven. Grace is nothing else than sharing in God’s love. In fact, another name for sanctifying grace is love. “God is love.” I Jn. 4:17 Jesus told St. Faustina: “I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself with souls. Know, my daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat Me as a dead object....” DDM #1447 How blessed we are to go to confession and receive Holy Communion and gain so many graces on this Feast of Divine Mercy!

The Hour of Divine Mercy
Jesus asked St. Faustina to promote the Chaplet of Divine Mercy which should be said frequently especially at the hour of Divine Mercy, 3:00 P. M. He promised: “In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking: it is the hour of grace for the whole world—mercy triumphs over justice.” (DDM #1572). He also promised, “In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of my passion.” (DDM #1320). “For the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on me and on the whole world.” (Divine Mercy Chaplet)

Image of Mercy
Jesus said, “Not in the beauty of the colour, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in my grace.” (DDM #313) “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous (Baptism). The red stands for blood which is the life of souls… These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when my agonized heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him…(DDM #299)

Easter Novena of Masses

The Masses from the Easter Vigil, 19 April 2014 to Divine Mercy Sunday 27 April 2014 will be offered for all the Relatives and Benefactors of the
Franciscans of the Immaculate. May God bless you all for all the good that you do for the Friars and Sisters of Lanherne




Divine Mercy Sunday
(1st Sunday after Easter):
27 April 2014
10:00 AM Sunday Holy Mass
2:00 PM Adoration of the Most Blessed
Sacrament- (with Confessions)
3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet & Holy Mass
(After the Divine Mercy Services, there will be tea at St. Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome. )



Annual Roadside Pro-Life Chain
Please join us for this silent vigil for the upholding of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death on Saturday 26th April at Morlaix Avenue, Truro (between Tesco and Trafalgar roundabout), from 11 am to 1 pm, even if you can only manage ¼ hr. The more people the greater the witness. From: Fr. Jon Bielawski, Dean

Saturday, 3 May 2014: 10 AM to 5 PM

A Day With Mary

Here at the Lanherne Convent of
St. Joseph and St. Anne

!0: 00 AM Procession of Our Lady
Holy Mass (Latin Extraordinary Form)
Joyful Mysteries

12:15 PM Lunch Break

1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Exposition
Sermon on Our Lady: Fr. John Lawrence, FI
Sorrowful Mysteries

3:10 PM Tea Break

3:50 PM Glorious Mysteries, Via Lucis,
Sermon: Fr. George Roth, FI.
Act of Consecration, Benediction and Enrolment in the Scapular and Miraculous Medal





Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday,
19 and 20 April 2014

“Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified; He is not here; for He has risen even as He said.” Mt. 28:5
The Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday is the most joyful of feasts. It is Jesus’ triumph over death and a pledge of our own resurrection from the dead at the end of our life. The Angel tells this to the women at the tomb in today’s gospel (Mk. 16:1-7): “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here.” Mk. 16: 6. St. Peter also tells us how important is Christ’s Resurrection from the dead: “That through His name all who believe in Him may have forgiveness of sins in His name.” Acts 10:43 With our baptism, we have been cleansed of sin through Christ’s sacrifice as we see in today’s Epistle (I Cor. 5:7-8): “Brethren, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened: For Christ our Pasch is sacrificed.” I Cor. 5:7 By Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection, we have been freed from sin and reborn to eternal glory in heaven.

Jesus Conquers Death and Sin
Dom Gueranger in his “Liturgical Year,” Vol. 7 calls Easter “the feast of feasts, and the solemnity of solemnities...It is on this day that the mission of the Word Incarnate attains the object towards which it has hitherto been tending: man is raised up from his fall and regains what he had lost by Adam’s sin.
“Christmas gave us the Man-God; three days have scarcely passed since we witnessed his infinitely precious Blood shed for our ransom; but now, on the day of Easter, our Saviour Jesus is no longer the victim of death; He is a conqueror, who destroys death, child of sin, and proclaims life, that undying life which He has purchased for us. The humiliation of his swathing-bands, the sufferings of his agony and cross, these are passed; all is now glory—glory for himself, and glory for us. On the day of Easter, God regains, by the Resurrection of the Man-God, his creation such as he made it at the beginning; the only vestige now left of death is sin, the likeness of which the Lamb of God deigned to take upon himself. Neither is it Jesus alone that returns to eternal life; the whole human race also has risen to immortality together with our Jesus. ‘By a man came death,’ says the Apostle; and by a Man the Resurrection of the dead; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.’” (I Cor. 15:21-2) Gueranger, p. 1-2

Easter Sunday Is the Renewal of Creation Again, Dom Gueranger recounts the glory of Christ’s Resurrection on the first day of the week “...whereby He conquered death and proclaimed life to the world. It was a favoured day of the week that he had, four thousand years previously, created light; by selecting it now for the commencement of the new life which he graciously imparts to man, he would show us that Easter is the renewal of the entire creation. Not only is it the anniversary of his glorious Resurrection to be, henceforward, the greatest of days, but every Sunday throughout the year is to be a sort of Easter, a holy and sacred day. The Synagogue, by God’s command, kept holy the Saturday or the Sabbath in honour of God’s resting after six days of the creation; but the Church, the Spouse, is commanded to honour the work of her Lord. She allows the Saturday to pass—it is the day on which her Jesus rested in the sepulchre; but, now that she is illumined with the brightness of the Resurrection, she devotes to the contemplation of his work the first day of the week; it is the day of light, for on it he called forth material light (which was the first manifestation of life upon chaos), and on the same, he that is the ‘Brightness of the Father’ (Heb. 1:3) and ‘the Light of the world,’ (Jn. 8:12),rose from the darkness of the tomb.” Gueranger, p. 16-7

The Eighth Day---of Eternity—
Our New Sabbath
Dom Gueranger reminds us, “Let then, the week with its Sabbath pass by; what we Christians want is the eighth day, the day of eternity, the day whose light is not intermittent or partial, but endless and unlimited. Thus speak the holy Fathers, when explaining the substitution of the Sunday for the Saturday. It was indeed, right that man should keep, as the day of his weekly and spiritual repose, that on which the creator of the visible world had taken his divine rest; but it was a commemoration of the material world only. The Eternal Word comes down into the world that he has created; he comes with rays of his divinity clouded beneath the humble veil of our flesh; he comes to fulfil the figures of the first Covenant. Before abrogating the Sabbath, he would observe it as the day of rest, after his Passion, in the silence of the sepulchre; but, early on the eighth day, he rises to life, and the life is one of glory. ‘Let us,’ says the Abbot Rupert, ‘leave the Jews to enjoy the ancient Sabbath, which is a memorial of the visible creation. They know not how to love or desire or merit aught but earthly things...They would not recognize this world’s creator as their king, because he said: “Blessed are the poor” and “Woe to the rich!” But our Sabbath has been transferred from the seventh to the eighth day, and the eighth is the first. And rightly was the seventh changed into the eighth day, because we Christians put our joy in a better work than the creation of the world... ‘Let the lovers of the world keep a Sabbath for its creation; but our joy is the salvation of the world, for our life yea and our rest is hidden in Christ in God.’” Gueranger, p. 17

“If you are risen with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father.” Col. 3:1
Let us then seek the eternal Sabbath of the eternal light and rest which Jesus has purchased for us by His Precious Blood. Our true home is in heaven! Our salvation, the fruit of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, is guaranteed if we, seek the things that are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father.” Col. 3:1

Easter Novena of Masses
The Masses from the Easter Vigil, 19 April 2014 to Divine Mercy Sunday 27 April 2014 will be offered for all the Relatives and Benefactors of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May God bless you all for all the good that you do for the Friars and Sisters of Lanherne

Services for Holy Week at the Convent Church of St. Joseph and St. Anne

Confessions one half-hour before all the services and on Holy Saturday from 10:00 AM-12 Noon.
(If these times are not convenient, just call and make an appointment.)

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
on Thursday:17 April at 5:00 P. M.:
After Mass there will be Adoration at the Altar of Repose after Mass until Midnight.

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday: 18 April at 3:00 P. M
Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 7:00 P.M. (Outdoors, weather permitting)

Holy Saturday: 19 April :
Confessions: 10 AM to Noon

Easter Vigil: 19 April at 8:00 PM.
(After the Easter Vigil Services all are welcome to come to St. Joseph’s Hall for tea.)

Easter Sunday: 20 April:
Holy Mass-10:00 AM

Divine Mercy Sunday
(1st Sunday after Easter):
27 April 2014
10:00 AM Sunday Holy Mass
2:00 PM Adoration of the Most Blessed
Sacrament- (with Confessions)
3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet & Holy Mass
(After the Divine Mercy Services, there will be tea at St. Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome. )


Annual Roadside Pro-Life Chain
Please join us for this silent vigil for the upholding of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death on Saturday 26th April at Morlaix Avenue, Truro (between Tesco and Trafalgar roundabout), from 11 am to 1 pm, even if you can only manage ¼ hr. The more people the greater the witness. From: Fr. Jon Bielawski, Dean of the Cornwall Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Mary Immaculate Church in Falmouth



Capuchin Franciscan Retreat Centre
In Pantasaph in North Wales
Monastery Road
Pantasaph
Holywell
Flintshire CH 8 8PE
North Wales
Tel. 01352 711053
E-mail: Pantasaph@gmail.com

Divine Mercy Retreat by Fr. George M. Roth, FI

Friday 26 April: Arrival: 4 PM or thereafter:
5:30 PM Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form); Supper,
First Conference 8:00 PM: “The Glories of Divine Grace”

Saturday 27 April: 8:00 AM Holy Mass (Latin Extraordinary Form);
10:00 AM: “The Importance of Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary”
3:00 PM “The Tragic Loss of Faith Today”
7:30 PM “The Holiness of Marriage: Jesus Christ’s Spousal Love for His Church”

Sunday 28 April: 9:00 AM Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form)
Conference 11:00 AM: “The Gifs, Virtues, Blessings and Fruits of the Holy Ghost.”

Divine Mercy Devotions (about 3:00 PM): Talk on “Divine Mercy and the Need for Conversion Today”

Confession will be available throughout the retreat.

Total cost £90.00 includes accommodations in the retreat centre and meals.

Transportation: Nearest Railroad Station is Flint in North Wales

Please register if you intend to be on this retreat AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.



Saturday, 3 May 2014: 10 AM to 5 PM
A Day With Mary


How to attend Holy Mass

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to hear Mass, as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words, and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.” Pope St. Pius X